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Hickey of the Beast by Isabel Kunkle

Published by Candlemark & Gleam

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: Bad dreams? No big deal. After all, Connie Perez is starting her first year in the prep school her mom runs. Anyone would be a little stressed, right? When she starts dreaming about strange creatures and places that don’t make sense, she doesn’t think much about it: there’s other stuff on her mind. Then she starts noticing that the people she dreams about get sick right afterwards.
Then everything gets weird.
There’s something bad on the campus of Springden Academy. Something that feeds on students and warps their minds. And, as Connie and her friends try to figure out what’s going on, it starts to look like she’s the only one who can stop it.
She thought freshman year might suck. She never imagined it would be for real.

“It’s freshman year for Connie and unfortunately for her that also means she’s attending the same school where her mother is the Head of the School for Springden Academy. As if it couldn’t get much worse, the school is suddenly under siege. Maybe not in the sense that there is a battle with swords and armor, but a battle nonetheless. Students are falling prey to some sort of mental and physical torment that has to be discovered. For Connie, who has yet to be attacked, her torment comes by way of terrifying dreams. Could they be connected in some way and could it be possible for her to help the students & her friends at the school?

Hickey of the Beast was a great young adult read, especially if you’re looking for a paranormal book with a bit of a twist. I really enjoyed Connie’s character and how strong & independent she was. Also, the book was told primarily as a letter being written, so it was a little bit different than the typical first person narrative. Very unique. All that being said, I did have a pretty hard time getting into this novel. Not because I couldn’t connect with the characters, but because there was just too much writing. It wasn’t until about 30 pages in that I felt like I was getting interested in the story, finally getting a taste of what it was Connie was up against and even then it didn’t move right into the plot. It was a bit frustrating because I wasn’t all that interested in the details about what Connie and her friends were eating or doing at lunch, I just wanted the story to move forward. That being said I really did enjoy Hickey of the Beast and was rather surprised by the ending.

“This was actually Candlemark & Gleam’s first venture back into the world of serial novels and I love that! I’m a huge fan of the way they used to release a chapter of a book at a time, even if it did make for sometimes suspenseful situations. Of course, as some of us are aware the serial release of War of the Worlds wasn’t exactly a success, but that’s what happens when I story about an alien invasion is told pieces at a time over the radio. Thinking back on that though, wouldn’t it have been neat to be a part of that? I’d love to have be alive when they released the serial edition of books like The Count of Monte Cristo and The Lone Ranger. There’s just something incredibly neat about reading a book a chapter at a time over a few weeks time. Hickey of the Beast has now been released in it’s full length form, but I’m eager to see what Candlemark & Gleam adds to it’s serial editions of books.

“As a new addition to the Young Adult paranormal fiction genre Hickey of the Beast is an original and enjoyable read. With characters that teens will connect with and a plot, that though a bit slow going to begin with, will be recognized as quite original. It’s original format as a serial novel is something I’m eager to see more of and now many will embrace. Paranormal fans should absolutely pick up a copy of Hickey of the Beast!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 15 and up. A twist on the typical paranormal YA that teens will no doubt enjoy!

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2 Responses to Book Review: Hickey of the Beast by Isabel Kunkle

  1. Forgive my honesty but the cover sorta freaks me out.

    That aside, great review. It sounds good.

  2. Gina says:

    Oh…oh….I read this! Review to come still, hence I could only skim your review…but let me say it was REALLY good. I mean REALLY. Loved the narrators voice. ^_^

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